The VA recently launched a new identity theft education campaign, More Than a Number. The goal of the campaign is to educate Veterans about identity theft prevention and help them protect themselves from becoming a victim.
One in 20 Americans fell victim to identity theft in 2012, according to the VA. “Every piece of personally identifiable information, whether it’s a Social Security number, date of birth, home address, etc., is more than just a number. It represents a person’s identity, livelihood, and personal or financial well-being,” the website reads.
Identity Theft Information for Veterans
Information about More Than a Number can be found on the Identify Theft directory of the VA website. Veterans can visit the site to learn about what constitutes identity theft, how to recognize it, ways to prevent it, and what steps to take if you think someone has stolen your identity.
Features on the campaign online directory include the following.
- a list of identity theft warning signs.
- steps to take if you think you’re at risk.
- identity theft protection tips.
- information about identity theft protection services.
- a video about phishing.
- information about how the VA is helping protect veterans from identify theft (credit monitoring, awareness training, Social Security number protection, the Identity Safety Service, and the Records Management program).
- links to over a dozen government sites pertaining to identity protection.
- and, an FAQ resource.
As part of the campaign, the VA created a created a toll-free Identity Theft Resource Line. Veterans and their beneficiaries can call 855-578-5492 to get more information about identity theft or to obtain help if they think their identities may have been compromised.
Legal Counsel for Veterans
If you are a veteran and need legal counsel or help with your disability benefits claim, you can call the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group for a free, initial consultation. Contact us today to see how we may be of assistance to you: 1-855-855-8992.